Buller District Council

Media Release – New season responsible camping ambassadors

30th October, 2020

This summer, campers in the Buller District have a high chance of getting a very friendly welcome and some helpful advice about responsible camping from the new ambassadors who will be regularly patrolling the district from now until Easter weekend.

Eight ambassadors have been recruited to carry out patrols in Punakaiki, Fox River, Westport, Granity/Hector, Little Wanganui/Karamea and Reefton.

Funding has once again been provided by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment Responsible Camping Fund. Council successfully applied and received $257,000 for the 2020/2021 season which will cover all costs associated with employing the ambassadors, rubbish collection and toilet cleaning at key sites and ongoing maintenance.

The ambassadors will ensure that our visitors who are vehicle camping are aware of and comply with our expectations during their stay in the district. They will be provided with the necessary information about where services are that they will need while they are here.  They are taking an ambassadorial approach this year so will be focusing their efforts on providing a warm Buller welcome to visitors and encouraging them to stay longer and do more in the district.

Group manager regulatory services Sean Judd said: “We have a great team of staff this year who are passionate about providing a warm welcome to our area, but ensure people who come here are doing the right thing.  Some have offered to do this work on a voluntary basis as part of their daily life routines because they care about the place they live in, and this has been hugely appreciated.  Given that it will largely be New Zealander’s travelling the country this summer, we would like to remind everyone that caring for our environment is something we all need to take responsibility for, and if we as residents of the Buller can set a high standard ourselves others will be more likely to follow our example.”

 

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